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IDENTITY AND INCENTIVES AN ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF THE HOLOCAUST
(2015)
  • Raul Caruso
Abstract

This paper proposes an interpretation of the Holocaust along the lines of economic theory and public choice. The Holocaust had been the most inhumane and brutal genocide in the twentieth century, and also a gigantic predatory enterprise shaped and engineered by a complex institutional machinery. The paper proposes a general interpretation based on the inclusion of identity-associated elements in the utility functions of Nazis. Under the Nazi regime, the production and strengthening of Nazi identity was a matter of political economy. In addition, interpretations of Aryanization (appropriation of Jewish property) and the running of extermination camps are provided.

Keywords
  • Holocaust,
  • identity,
  • expropriation,
  • dehumanization,
  • Aryanization,
  • extermination camps,
  • genocide
Publication Date
Spring May 18, 2015
Citation Information
Raul Caruso. "IDENTITY AND INCENTIVES AN ECONOMIC INTERPRETATION OF THE HOLOCAUST" (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/raul_caruso/62/